We deserved to win, says Guidolin
6th February 2016
Francesco Guidolin insisted his side's "best" performance of his tenure so far warranted more than just a point against Crystal Palace.
The Swans were held to a 1-1 draw with the Eagles after Gylfi Sigurdsson's stunning free-kick in the first half was cancelled out by Scott Dann's equaliser just two minutes into the second period.
Sigurdsson curled home a trademark set-piece on 13 minutes, while the Swans had further chances to extend their lead through Andre Ayew and Wayne Routledge.
But Dann levelled the scores from close range shortly after the interval, prodding home from close range.
The Swans pressed for a winner late on as Federico Fernandez and Ashley Williams both went close, but Guidolin's side were unable to snatch the elusive second goal.
But the Swans head coach insisted his side's overall play deserved more than just a share of the spoils.
"I think it was the best game for us, in my opinion," said Guidolin. "It wasn't easy because the weather was not good for a team who try and play football on the floor.
"But my team played well for 90 minutes. It was only for a few minutes at the start of second half that we weren't so good.
"We deserved to win. We had many chances to score in both the first and second halves. Right until the end we had chances to win.
"The table is better than three weeks ago, but we must take points from every match. This is one point - it should have been three - but we will try to win again next Saturday."
For the third time in as many games, the Swans conceded from a set-piece when Dann poked home Palace's 47th-minute equaliser from a Yohan Cabaye corner.
But Guidolin was unconcerned and insisted his side will improve in this area of their game.
"I think we will improve in defending set-pieces," he added. "We don't need to worry, because this would be a problem - it would be too negative. We will work hard to improve.
"Every team in the Premier League is strong from set-pieces. Today, we also had two big chances to score from set-pieces.
"At the moment, we must understand what is better for our team. Better would be not having set-pieces against us, but this is not possible."
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew agreed with his counterpart in that the Swans could feel hard done by, having been held to a draw.
"If I was Swansea, I might think we should of won it," admitted Pardew. "But for us, it was everything today.
"We hard to sit down at half-time and try to get rid of the tyres that have been dragging us down over the past few games.
"Swansea played well and they're in good form, so it makes it all the more sweeter to pull it back."